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The Hot Sardines - French Fries & Champagne / Jazz Weekly review

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The Hot Sardines make you want to party like it's 1929 on this collection of originals and Prohibition Era covers. Sweet as cider vocals by "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol are two stepped swung by Evan Palazzo/key, Sam Raderman/g, Evan Crane/b, Alex Raderman/dr and a horn section of Mike Sailors and Nick Myers. Bougeral is sassy as the trumpet growls on "Runnin' Wild" and slinks through some pizzicato strings as the band tangos through a delightful "People Will Say We're In Love." A cozy duet with with Bob Parins on "Sweet Pea" is a delight, while the drums pound out a hootchie cootchie on "Gramercy Sunset." You feel like you're at some illegal speakeasy as Palazzo's piano caresses Bougeral's cabaret tone on "Until The Real Thing Comes Along." The 1920s are the new 2010s.

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